Melbourne’s weather patterns are almost as famous as it’s (at times hilariously) hip culture. It’s certainly no surprise that residents have become experts at seeking out cosy and well-equipped getaway spots for the colder months. From six-seater spa baths to abandoned tram lodgings to rustic off-the-grid barns, there’s so many advantages to heading out for a weekend adventure in the greater regions of Victoria.
For locals and visitors looking to do just that, we’ve rounded up a list of cabins, barns and shacks that make for the perfect weekend escape out of Melbourne.
#1 The Shack, Kyneton
Just a one hour drive from Melbourne, this cottage/caravan hybrid is like something out of a Wes Anderson movie. Escape the city blues and lounge the day away on a peaceful acre of land that backs onto the Lauriston Nature Reserve. The Shack in Kyneton is like a tiny country amusement park, with a refurbished old tram that sleeps four, a tiki bar, a hammock, a campfire, sun lounges and all of the fixings for some badminton and table tennis.
#2 Number 5 at The Buckland Luxury Retreat
A luxury hideaway near Bright, residencies at the Buckland Retreat are bordered by a line of forest along the hillside, distanced from one another by native vegetation. The largest room on offer is Number 5 which features open plan living complete with a king bed, a deep soaking tub with forest views, a large private deck with sun lounges, complementary breakfast and Wi-Fi for ‘gramming.
#3 Otway Escapes Love Shack
This secluded little shack sits right in the heart of the Lorne hinterland region where you can explore the idyllic setting of the Great Otway National Park, preferably with your number one crush. The Love Shack is a fully equipped cabin inspired by Japanese design with a kitchen, private bathroom, air-conditioning, flat screen TV and access to the Japanese Tea House overlooking the large dam. Get the very best of the wild Victorian Otways by staying right in the middle of it all. Love shack baby!
#4 The Canvas Barn B&B
For a taste of rustic luxury (ruxury?), try the Canvas Barn B&B in the Yarra Valley. Overflowing with American-style charm, the barn has been worked on tirelessly by owners Christine and Barry using both hand-picked and recycled timber over the past ten years. Off the grid to most services, the barn is run by solar power, tank water and a compost waste system so your footprint can stay light. All food is locally sourced too, so for breakfast you’ll enjoy some of the tastiest delights from around the valley.
#5 Adrienne’s Country Retreat
This country retreat is located on a picturesque setting of 15 acres in Barringo Valley, about 60 kilometres north of Melbourne, at the foothills of Mt Macedon. More than just your average B&B, Adrienne’s Country Retreat is a contemporary self-contained studio apartment complete with two bedrooms, kitchenette, plasma TVs, a BBQ and the pièce de résistance, a six-seater hot tub. Everyone loves a hot tub.
(Lead image: The Buckland Luxury Retreat)